What’s the Worst Part of the Lance Armstrong Cheating Scandal?

I was a big cycling fan before the sport got popular in our country.  And, back in the day, I was a pretty serious cyclist myself–I spoke the lingo, wore the gaudy jerseys, shaved the legs, rode custom racing bikes with “Campy Record” components and I had the muscled-up quads one only gets from logging … Continue reading “What’s the Worst Part of the Lance Armstrong Cheating Scandal?”

Another Sports Hero Turned Fraud? ‘Say It Ain’t So’

How can we create more just and democratic schools?

In Marvin Berkowitz’s Hot Topic discussion this afternoon, he didn’t hesitate to cut right to the point. “We need to make schools less like prisons,” he said. “When you think about it, it’s disconcerting how much the analogy fits. How can we create more enlightened and just schools?” Marvin’s talk focused on utilizing empowerment and … Continue reading “How can we create more just and democratic schools?”

President’s Post: Another Sports Hero Turned Fraud? “Say It Ain’t So”

Preventing Academic Dishonesty Part 3: Students & Peer Pressure

As you sit in your crowded lecture hall and toil away at that seemingly impossible math problem, you glance down and see a peer in the next row surreptitiously looking at formulas he has scrawled on his hand. This scene sounds quite plausible to many students. Whether they’ve engaged in the behavior themselves or simply … Continue reading “Preventing Academic Dishonesty Part 3: Students & Peer Pressure”

Preventing Academic Dishonesty Part 2: What Teachers Can Do

From a teacher’s perspective, cheating is both a major hassle and a serious disappointment. When students cheat, teachers must bother first with catching the cheating and then with dispensing punishment. They’ll also have to deal with feelings of disappointment in students they’d trusted as they know cheating is a demonstration of the student’s failure to … Continue reading “Preventing Academic Dishonesty Part 2: What Teachers Can Do”

Preventing Academic Dishonesty: What Parents Can Do

Cheating, or academic dishonesty as many schools refer to the practice, is a problem that continues to persist in the field of education. And for teachers who aim to fill their students’ heads with knowledge and prepare them for the future, this is a serious issue. When students cheat they fail to fully engage in … Continue reading “Preventing Academic Dishonesty: What Parents Can Do”

Does ‘Teaching to the Test’ Actually Encourage Cheating?

“Teachers matter,” said President Obama this week in his State of the Union address. “Instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo let’s offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; … Continue reading “Does ‘Teaching to the Test’ Actually Encourage Cheating?”

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